International Working Women’s Day in Haiti!!!

Happy Women Worker's Day! Today is a day which has been historically ripped from the memory of the working class-mostly. International Capitalist institutions (UN, etc) hijacked this day to blur class antagonisms, making it “International Women’s Day” instead of the rightful international WORKING Women’s day where women workers were MURDERED for Capitalist (male and female!) [...]

Batay Ouvriye #8 – The Writing of our Pencil Can’t be Erased!

The following statement was put out by Batay Ouvriye (Worker's Fight), the Autonomous Haitian Worker's Movement. It has been translated and given to Worker's Struggle to share. We need to make clear this was a position put out by an intermediate level organization, similar to Worker's Struggle. The intermediate level has higher levels of political [...]

Time for Change- Workers Need to Fight!

We live in a world that’s getting increasingly unsustainable, facing challenges as a species that were brought on by very particular economic/social arrangements. We have not made any of the decisions which led to climate change, mass foreclosures of homes, cuts in medical care, etc. Capitalism is attacking us on all fronts, and it is [...]

Budget Cuts on Transit? – Another Attack on Working People!

Budget Cuts on Transit? - Another Attack on Working People! Here in Miami, workers and laborers are faced with some of the most brutal and harshest realities of survival in this country. We see shiny million dollar homes a few miles from the slums and decaying public housing. We see cookie cutter condo developments sprouting [...]

Workers Leading Autonomous Struggle

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Workers have been on STRIKE in Haiti, halting production across Port-au-Prince  at dozens of factories, for two days and counting in the capital city. The city is home to multiple factory specific regions, known as Industrial Parks where tens of thousands of workers in the garment industry are employed and brutally exploited. [...]

Work All Day, Barely Survive: We’re Being Squeezed and There’s a Reason

We work most days, sometimes all profits up and wages fall feeling weak with painful feet times like this, we’re getting’ squeezed the bosses though, live comfortably   By Ricardito Rent’s outta control! To be honest everything is crazy expensive. Living in South Florida (or anywhere), is getting so hard you can work full-time and still [...]

Miami Developing: Investors Paid, Workers Screwed

By Ricardito Like all major cities, Miami (a strategically located port city) is undergoing a major development transformation. Everywhere you go in Miami, you see construction cranes operated by a score of low wage brutally over worked workers. Many of these workers are recent migrants from Latin America and the Caribbean. Many are Miami locals trying [...]

Class Autonomy

What does class autonomy mean?  Autonomy means, in essence ‘without them.’ Just as the company owners and management (capitalists and their representatives, respectively) meet without us, the workers, to make key decisions in the interest of growing bottom-line profits without our presence or input, (read: making decisions about the workflow, processes, expectations imposed upon us), [...]

Statement of Support for Farmworkers of Washington State and San Quintin, MX and the Boycott of Driscoll’s Berries

Read all solidarity statements for Sakuma farm workers here: Victory to farm workers! We stand in solidarity with farm workers in Washington State and San Quintin, Mexico who have organized an international boycott of retail products containing berries from Sakuma Bros. Farms, including all berries sold under the Driscolls brand and Haagen Dazs (Nestle) ice cream. These [...]

Statement of Solidarity to landless peasants organizing in Haiti

Greetings Sisters and Brothers, We at Workers Struggle recently got word of you organizing your first ever General Assembly. CONGRATULATIONS! We are in a situation in the world where we face the same exploitation and domination everyday, sometimes we are even robbed by the same companies!  Though our day to day conditions and situations are [...]

Fired textile workers call for support!!

We received the following from the Rapid Response Network: Textile workers in Haiti ask that we pressure H&H sweatshop (where clothing for retailers like Walmart is produced) to rehire the workers who were fired, respect the right to organize, and to pay the wages workers demand. Working class solidarity knows no borders! Workers of the [...]

Response to solidarity: statement from garment workers in Haiti

We received this message (original Kreyol is below): We, the workers organized in PLASIT, (Platform of Garment Industry Unions) we salute all our comrades who took part in the solidarity response against all the illegal reprisals and abuse we have faced at the hands of the garment industry bosses in Haiti and all their associates [...]

Garment workers in Haiti: text of press conference June 10

TEXTILE FACTORY UNION PLATFORM PLASIT-BO [original Kreyol version is below] Greetings to our Media Friends, radio, newspaper and television covering the Press Conference that PLASIT-BO is giving today. The objective of this conference is to make known our position after the mobilization we launched since this past April 14 to pressure the government to set [...]

The Fight is Still On!

(A message to a Left Forum panel about working class organizing) By Chris I’ve been working full time in the blue collar sector for over 30 years. I have over 20 years in the transportation industry and another 6 on a factory floor, with a few other jobs during my first few years in the [...]

We’re In This Together!!

We in Workers Struggle and working people in the US and Canada support textile workers in Haiti, members of the Textile Factory Union Platform-Batay Ouvriye (PLASIT-BO), who are fighting for the minimum wage and the right to organize. We are watching how companies and political agencies and NGOs are putting obstacles in front of workers [...]

Call for Solidarity: Demand Reinstatement of Union Organizer in Haiti

We received the following call for international solidarity from Textile Factory Union Platform-Batay Ouvriye (PLASIT-BO). Please take action, and send solidarity statements to the workers (info below). Kreyol original is behind the cut. Textile workers mobilize for the minimum wage May 11, 2016 in Port-au-Prince. Following the day of mobilization on May 11, [...]

This Thursday 5/19: Textile Workers in Haiti Pledge to Mobilize Against Repression!!

[Kreyol original below] Management has begun a repression campaign following the day of mobilization on May 11, 2016 by the Textile Factory Union Platform-Batay Ouvriye (PLASIT-BO) to demand that the government set the minimum wage at 500 Gourdes ($7.94 for an eight-hour workday) and publish an Executive Order to make it official immediately.  The general [...]

Workers Shut Down SONAPI Industrial Park in Haiti, Demanding Wages A news report by Vant Bef Info, May 11, 2016. Translation by Google Translate, slightly edited [original French below]: 9:30 am Workers of subcontracting firms currently begin (9:30 am) a work stoppage followed by a sit-in outside the offices of the National Society of Industrial Parks (SONAPI) at the airport road, Vant Bef Info [...]

Statement from garment workers in Haiti on May First

[Kreyol original is below] TEXTILE PLANT UNION PLATFORM PLASIT-BO (Textile Plant Union Platform – Workers Fight) TO COMMEMORATE MAY FIRST 2016, WE SAY: WE WON’T OBEY! MayDay is not “Day of Agriculture and Labor.” It is a day to commemorate the struggles of workers on the planet. To celebrate agriculture and labor is to celebrate [...]

For May Day 2016, Workers and Laborers Say: WE WILL NOT OBEY!

[A statement from PLASIT-BO, Textile Plant Union Platform-Batay Ouvriye (Workers Fight), in Haiti. Kreyol original is below.] WE FIGHT FOR : A living wage to meet the needs of our children, our families and ourselves. We demand 500 gourdes ($7.94) a day at the very least without increasing the quotas, and other social benefits ; Good working [...]

Textile Workers Mobilize in Haiti for Minimum Wage Adjustment — Press Conference

Press Conference on April 14, 2016 Greetings to all our media friends, print as well as television, that come to provide coverage for the conference that PLASIT, which is Textile Plants Union Platform, to launch the mobilization for the minimum wage adjustment for the year 2015-2016. In PLASIT, we notice that 8 months following [...]

The Wage Struggle is Not Simply for a Higher Amount, but Against Exploitation

Report from Garment Workers, CODEVI Free Trade Zone, Ouanaminthe, Haiti April 9, 2016 For the past 2/3 weeks at the CODEVI plant, there has been a wave of mobilization for wage adjustments.  Workers who sew T-shirt hemlines at the MD factory stood up to demand more money for the quota they were asked to do. [...]

Garment workers in Haiti protest firing of strikers

Ouvriye Codevi kap pwoteste kont revokasyon yon gwoup ouvriye ki te nan yon mouvman grevis pou mande ogmantasyon sale yo. Workers at CODEVI (Free Trade Zone in Wanament) protest the firing of a group of workers who were part of a strike movement demanding a wage increase. Feb. 7:

Report Back: Organizers Hit the Streets, a Distribution Center in south Florida

One morning of March 2016 a couple of organizers with Workers Struggle hit the streets of south Florida to reach workers who we heard are very unhappy, overworked and could use some help from the outside to jump-start an organized struggle.  Organizers targeted a very large supermarket distribution hub/warehouse with leaflets for the upcoming May [...]

Statements denouncing abuse of landless peasants in Corail, Haiti

The folowing was sent to us from Batay Ouvriye. On March 11, Batay Ouvriye took part in a press conference with JILAP to denounce the abuse against landless peasants in Corail, 5th Section Delice, Arcahaie at the hands of communal authorities in the area. Following are the statements made by three organizations at the press [...]

Landless peasants in Haiti denounce violence committed against them

March 11, 2016 Today, three representatives from the Landless Peasant Organization in Corail (OPTK) together with Justice and Peace organized a press conference to denounce the abuse and injustice imposed on them by the Administrative Council of Communal Section, 5th Section Delis, Arcahaie. Justice and Peace (JILAP) often works together with Batay Ouvriye in many [...]

From factory workers in Haiti on International Working Women’s Day

The following leaflet was distributed in front of the SONAPI industrial park (with textile and garment factories) for March 8: Click here to see a brief video. Comrades in the textile factories and other laborers:   March 8, 1910 – March 8, 2016 makes 106 years since Clara Zetkin, a German militant woman who had [...]

Upcoming Events

Join us on April 30 and May 1 to celebrate May Day! This inspiring film will be followed by discussion about how we can do in Fort Lauderdale what these restaurant workers did in New York -- organize and fight back together!

13 Demands of Workers and Laborers for Haiti’s Transitional Government

STATEMENT FROM MAY FIRST UNION FEDERATION/WORKERS FIGHT ENTE-SENDIKAL PREMYE ME/BATAY OUVRIYE       FEBRUARY 7, 2016 (Kreyol version is below) Today, February 7, 2016, we, workers, peasants, laborers in diverse economic categories in the country, raise our voices to warn that we will not continue to accept the conditions of life allotted to us. Since the big [...]

Organized Textile Workers in Haiti Call for Taking the Streets

INTERVENTION by PLASIT-BO (Platfòm Sendikal Izin Tekstil – Batay Ouvriye / Platform of Textile Plant Unions – Workers Fight)  – PRESS CONFERENCE, JANUARY 21, 2016 PLASIT takes notice that it’s been three years since the Supreme Wage Council was created and it has not respected Article 4.1 of the 2009 Wage Law. The Council always [...]

Democrats and Republicans: Nothing like the Good Ol’ One-Two Punch

Democrat and Republican Parties as Collaborationists Against the Working Class by Joseph Harmon and Izzi Creo The False-Dichotomy of the Democrat and Republican Parties for the Working Class   Joseph Harmon, who works in the energy industry and unionized with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, shared the following on Facebook and gave permission [...]

REFLECTION from Branson Jennings, a retail worker

Recently at my work (I work in retail) I came across an anti-union video that all new hires must watch. Oddly I never had to watch it; I later learned that the hiring manager at the time was somewhat sympathetic to unions and was married to a union member. Maybe she just forgot to show [...]

Worn out and exhausted

By Brandon Argy, construction worker, Indiana December 28, 2015 I believe that too often we, as a people, put our focus on the "needy" or we bitch, bicker and argue about the various relief/welfare programs. We too often jump in and join the ranks of populism. I believe our focus and our thought process needs [...]

Comic: Build It

Words & concept by Burnsy, South Florida truck driver. Illustration by Stephanie McMillan.